The Ultimate College Football Road Trip: 43 Games & 28,000 Miles

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College Football Road Trip
Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Aug 14, 2022, 4:50 PM

Week 0 is the start of college football betting at the online sportsbook

It’s also the start of a 43-game voyage to see 58 different teams play in 38 different cities across 21 different states. 

The 2022 Ultimate College Football Road Trip begins in Logan, Utah, on Saturday, Aug. 27, and ends in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 9. In between, you’ll drive approximately 28,000 miles over 437 hours.

No planes or trains. Driving only.

Week 0

Aug. 27UConn at Utah State-

UConn-Utah State isn’t the best or most intriguing Lower 48 game on the Week 0 schedule. And Maverik Stadium won’t be rocking like it would if an FBS opponent was in town. 

However, venturing west in a season-long, driving-only trip is challenging. So, opening the season with a late-August trip to Logan Canyon is the right call, even if the matchup sucks and will likely end in a blowout – Utah State is a 27.5-point favorite.

Week 1

Sept. 1Penn State at Purdue1,496
Sept. 2Virginia Tech at Old Dominion785
Sept. 3Notre Dame at Ohio State576
Sept. 4Florida State vs. LSU*912
Sept. 5Clemson vs. Georgia Tech**470

The Backyard Brawl isn’t what the Backyard Brawl was when it was last played in 2011; West Virginia is at its lowest point in more than two decades, and neither team is a serious New Year’s Six contender.

It’s still an attractive game – and a College GameDay location this year – but not attractive enough to warrant a Week 1 visit over West Lafayette, where Purdue will host Penn State at an on-campus stadium, not at an NFL stadium.

Notre Dame-Ohio State is the headliner, but Virginia Tech’s first visit to Old Dominion since their 2018 loss to the Monarchs could be a hell of a lot of fun, too. The Hokies are just an 8-point favorite in college football odds.

*Neutral site: New Orleans
**Neutral site: Atlanta

Week 2

Sat., Sept. 10Alabama at Texas953

If you want to be in Austin for Alabama’s first visit in 100 years, you can’t attend the Louisville-UCF game on Friday night. The 11 a.m. CT kickoff for Bama-Texas makes a 16-hour drive from Orlando – after a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff – impossible. 

Bama might roll in the program’s first meeting since the 2009 national championship, but Austin will be on fire the entire week.

Week 3

Sept. 16Florida State at Louisville1,031
Sept. 17Miami (FL) at Texas A&M932

This is the first of three appearances in six weeks for Texas A&M but the only visit to College Station, where Miami has played just once all-time (2008). 

If an overnight 14-hour drive to Texas is too much after Florida State-Louisville on Friday night, you could instead drive eight hours to Columbia for Georgia-South Carolina.

Week 4

Sept. 22West Virginia at Virginia Tech1,170
Sept. 24Florida at Tennessee236

After not meeting from 2006-16, Virginia Tech and West Virginia will play for the third time in six years as the Mountaineers seek a second straight win in the series. If the Hokies take care of business against Old Dominion, Boston College, and Wofford, Blacksburg will be rocking for the first home game against their former conference foe in 18 years.

We’re skipping three pedestrian Friday night games – Virginia at Syracuse, Nevada at Air Force, or Boise State at UTEP – to ensure an early arrival in Knoxville for Florida-Tennessee. The Gators have won five straight and 16 of the last 17 games in the series, including a 24-point win in Gainesville last year before everything went to hell.

One note: Missing James Madison-App State in Boone is highly unfortunate.

Week 5

Sept. 29Utah State at BYU1,813
Sept. 30San Diego State at Boise State382
Oct. 1Arizona State at USC891

The longest drive of the trip is followed by back-to-back night games in Provo and Boise, and the lone Pac-12 game of the trip – geography doesn’t work in the Pac-12’s favor for driving-only road trips – for Lincoln Riley’s first home conference game as Trojans’ head coach.

Week 6

Oct. 7Houston at Memphis1,793
Oct. 8Texas A&M at Alabama238

You could skip Houston-Memphis – one of three Friday-night FBS games; Nebraska at Rutgers, and Colorado State at Nevada are the two others – for an earlier arrival in Tuscaloosa for Saban vs. Jimbo.

After winning his first 25 games against his former assistant coaches, Saban has dropped two straight, including last year’s loss to Fisher and Texas A&M.

Week 7

Oct. 12Louisiana at Marshall585
Oct. 13Baylor at West Virginia209
Oct. 15LSU at Florida827

Three appearances for West Virginia in the first seven weeks wasn’t intentional, nor was a home game for Marshall, though neither byproducts of scheduling a 16-week college football road trip is a problem.

Florida could be undefeated in Week 7. If that’s the case, skipping Navy-SMU on Friday night and several intriguing Saturday games is an easy call in order to reach Gainesville for Tigers-Gators.

Week 8

Oct. 19Georgia State at App State540
Oct. 20Troy at South Alabama615
Oct. 22Texas A&M at South Carolina536

Two weekday G5 games are followed by South Carolina’s attempt at beating Texas A&M for the first time in program history. Since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2014, they’re 8-0 in the series, including three straight wins by at least 24 points.

Week 9

Oct. 27Virginia Tech at NC State226
Oct. 29Ohio State at Penn State460

After potential playoff contender NC State hosts Virginia Tech on Friday, we’re skipping the lone Friday game – East Carolina at BYU – to ensure a visit to State College for Ohio State-Penn State.

This won’t be the Nittany Lions’ whiteout game, and there are indications this won’t be a primetime game, either. Still, the only visit to State College is the pick over Florida-Georgia, Michigan State-Michigan, Ole Miss-Texas A&M, and other notable games.

Week 10

Nov. 1Ball State at Kent State206
Nov. 2Central Michigan at Northern Illinois426
Nov. 3App State at Coastal Carolina639
Nov. 5Clemson at Notre Dame858

The first of three straight weeks with at least four games begins with MACtion and ends with Clemson-Notre Dame.

You could add a fifth game – UMass-UConn, Duke-Boston College, and Oregon State-Washington are scheduled for Friday night – but each option is geographically unfavorable ahead of Saturday’s slate, most of which doesn’t yet include kickoff times.

Week 11

Nov. 8Ohio at Miami (OH)235
Nov. 9Buffalo at Central Michigan318
Nov. 10Tulsa at Memphis758
Nov. 11East Carolina at Cincinnati482
Nov. 12Alabama at Ole Miss527

From Oxford to Oxford: Five games in five days over 2,320 miles.

Week 11 includes the first and only visit to Cincinnati, where the Bearcats might be on their way to a third straight undefeated conference season. Only five teams – Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia – have more conference wins than the Bearcats since 2018.

Bama-Ole Miss is the right play for Saturday, Nov. 12, but Eastern Washington-Montana would be a fun novelty stop instead.

Week 12

Nov. 15Bowling Green at Toledo202
Nov. 17SMU at Tulane1,004
Nov. 18South Florida at Tulsa643
Nov. 19Oklahoma State at Oklahoma122

This could be another five-game week, but we’ve already been to all three Wednesday locations – Kent State, Central Michigan, and Northern Illinois. And with potentially the last Bedlam for the foreseeable future looming on Saturday, overexertion would be reckless.

Week 13

Nov. 22Bowling Green at Ohio1,005
Nov. 24Mississippi State at Ole Miss678
Nov. 25Florida at Florida State483
Nov. 26Michigan at Ohio State828

Doak Campbell will be rocking on Friday night if Florida State isn’t trash by this point in the season.

If Florida State is trash, there are better options, including Baylor-Texas and NC State-North Carolina, ahead of the final Saturday of the season.

Week 14

Dec. 2SEC Championship*568

The SEC Championship is the most likely conference championship to carry real playoff implications.

*Neutral site: Atlanta

Week 15

Dec. 9Army vs. Navy*777

The 123rd Army-Navy Game will return to Philadelphia for the first time since 2019. It will be the 90th time the academies have met in Philly.

*Neutral site: Philadelphia

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Andrew Doughty

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.